Bridges On The Wear


This bridge at Ireshopeburn is of fairly recent origin and was built to give access to the fluorspar and lead mine which existed on the north side of the river at Blackdene. The mine closed about 1982 and the bridge now leads to nowhere for road traffic, but pedestrians can gain access to the Weardale Way and there is fishing nearby. A little downstream a pipeline crosses the river, as shown in the photograph below.

 Blackdene Mine Bridge Facts

Constructed - 1978?
Type - beam, concrete.
Position: Ireshopeburn, County Durham.
Grid Reference - NY 869 387
 Blackdene Mine Bridge

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